Sunday Fun Day is a term coined in recent years, encapsulating how awesome Sunday really is within American culture, especially in the summer. Families spend time together on Sundays. People show up in droves to parks. Barbeques pop up all over the place. Green thumbs tend to their gardens. Kickball, softball, bocce, and various recreational activities are played all over the country.
And Sunday is also a popular slot for day games in the major league. The purchasing of peanuts and cracker jacks generally transpires during the afternoon, with the exception of a couple prime time contests. It’s a quality day for baseball at any ballpark. And spending a Sunday at a major league stadium is usually the perfect idea of a great time, a quintessential Sunday Fun Day experience.
Not so much for the Rockies this season. It’s been Sunday No Fun Day. Because it is no fun watching the Rockies lose, and they have done a lot of that on Sundays.
I’m not saying the Rockies have been playing rock solid baseball on Tuesdays or Thursdays. They have been pretty much mediocre across the board, racking up losses every day of the week. But they have been particularly dreadful on Sundays. With their loss yesterday, the Rockies record on Sunday is now 2-15. They have literally lost 15 straight Sunday games. That’s gross. The last game the Rockies won on Sunday, was all the way back on April 17th, when they were a force to be reckoned with, 9 games above .500 (12-3). Now, after dropping 15 Sunday games in a row, the Rockies are merely an afterthought, and are 6 games below .500 (51-57).
Here are the Rockies records on each day of the week:
Sundays –2 wins, 15 losses
Monday – 6 wins, 8 losses
Tuesday – 8 wins, 8 losses
Wednesday – 9 wins, 5 losses
Thursday – 6 wins, 6 losses
Friday – 10 wins, 8 losses
Saturday –10 wins, 8 losses
So what does this all mean? Other than the obvious truth that the Rockies are garbage on Sunday. It’s tough to say. It might just be a mathematical anomaly. Could just be bad luck. But from a sheer numbers perspective, the Rockies are 49-42 Monday through Saturday and 2-15 on Sunday. They are a decent team during the week, and downright God-awful on Sundays. Ironic, considering Sunday is generally a day associated with the man upstairs.
The losses on Sunday seem to be a microcosm of the Rockies season. Games of missed opportunities. Close one run losses. Any momentum the Rockies gain on Friday and Saturday, where they have winning records, comes to a screeching halt on Sunday. The Rockies might have been in the playoff hunt this year if they didn’t play abysmal baseball on Sundays.
Maybe the Rockies need to just go out there on Sundays and have some fun, just like the rest of America. Because whatever they are doing right now, is no fun for anyone.
Contact the writer, Zach Cohn, at firstname.lastname@example.org.